Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Curves Around the World: Monochrome

Hello Lovelies!!! Can you believe it's March already? I can't believe how fast everything is going by. But yeah I hope everyone is enjoying March so far! But yeah it's the middle of the week and another Challenge for "Curves Around the World!" This week's theme is Monochrome, now if you've been following my blog you know that I wear a lot of black and white outfits. So instead of doing black and white I decided to challenge myself and do a monochromatic look which is like monochrome but with color. 

What is Monochromatic? 
According to the dictionary Monochromatic refers to a single hue in a color palette that is expanded upoon by adding tint variants (lightness and saturation) of that color to create a more balance look.
So for this weeks theme I created two different looks to show off different ways you can pull off a monochromatic look without using the usual black and white. I have to admit I wasn't sure about using different colors because black and white are my comfort zone but I really wanted to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone and these are the two outfits I came up with. I came up with a grey outfit which isn't too far from black and white and a coral outfit to show more color. In this week's post I'm going to give you a few tips to consider when putting together a monochromatic look. 
{top:Old Navy} {skirt:Made by my Mom} {shoes:Ross} {Necklace:swampmeet}

  • Look for contrasting colors within the same hue. Mix and match bold colors with more understated ones. For example in the outfit above I used a darker grey and a lighter one. 
  • Create contrast with textures, textured fabrics can add more visuals with your outfit. You can break up a simple color scheme by mixing and matching different textiles. For example, above I played with textures by using lace to change the textures of my outfit. 
  • For plus size girls like myself you can balance your proportions by choosing the right colors if it's more comfortable to you. You can use darker colors for area's you might want to cover up and lighter on the others. For example, I don't like my arms and the top area of my body so I chose to use a darker color compared to the bottom which is much lighter. 

  • Accent with Accessories, you can add accessories that add pops of color to your outfit. This is just to help add another element to your outfit. For example in the outfit above I added a gold necklace with pops of blue because I felt it added to the outfit.
  • Use prints, using prints in your outfit can be an easy way to add multiple shades of color in your outfit. Then with your print you can add a coordinating solid to make your outfit complete. Now I didn't try this method in any of my outfits but I have seen this done and its an easy way to do a monochromatic look. 
  • Lastly take risks, have fun and be confident. Monochromatic doesn't have to be the same black and white, just have fun with it. 

{top:Old Navy} {skirt:Target} {Shoes:Ross} {Necklace:was a gift}

I really hope you liked my post this week, I know it was a little different then I usually do but I hope the tips I gave will come in handy for you. Plus if you create a colorful monochromatic look, I would love to see it. 

Thanks for reading, now don't forget to check out the other wonderful ladies from "Curves Around the World" and show them some love.

Aislynn from Denmark - Aislynn's World
Kate from Australia - Sparkles and Lace
Helen from England - Everyone Should Sparkle
Thulie from South Africa - Thick Fit and Fabulous 
Jennifer from Germany - Dressing These Curves

XOXO ~ Nina ~
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  1. Oh Nina that is such a great idea! I love you in pink! that is soo ultra cute!

  2. I love this post. I really like that lace skirt that you mum made! Great

  3. Silly comments!! Great outfits! I think I look the white and grey one the best :)

    1. Oh no did it cut off your comment? But yeah I'm glad you like that one! :)

  4. Love the lace skirt! Monochromatic outfits are great. I love head-to-toe color when done with skirts or dresses (pants seem like too much to me). Way to step out of your comfort zone. It' so strange how much things that used to seem scary or different become everyday when you step out of your normal routine!! :-)


    1. Thanks Cassie, yeah it's pretty interesting how once you step out of that comfort zone you don't know why you were so uncomfortable with it in the first place. I agree with the pants thing especially if there too close to the same color.

  5. I like how you wove all sorts of tips into this post. Outfit pics are great inspiration, but I always appreciate generalized tips that I can apply to my own closet. I love that you gave two looks, too: one in gray in your comfort zone, and the other in sorbets, which were outside of your comfort zone. I think it was really helpful to see how the monochromatic trend can work for those of us who love color and those who are more comfortable in neutrals and blacks.

    <3 Liz

    1. Aww thanks Liz, I'm so glad you liked the tips, I wasn't sure how it would go in a post but I'm glad it was helpful! :)

  6. I love, love, love that skirt your mother made, it's fantastic. You look beautiful in both outfits, by the by :) the sorbet really looks nice on you.

  7. great idea Nina -- both looks are awesome. i love the grey one more though - i wish i can score same ankle boots like yours - i love them!!!


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